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December 2017



Juki Industrial Machine

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For the second time this year the studio experiences another decent change.  It’s an overdue transition that I didn’t realize it needed to happen until I took the step to buy a Juki machine.  Surprisingly, it wasn’t as expensive as I anticipated and the stitches are just as good (if not better) than my home machine.

It was pretty difficult to put together, but without my Dad, it wouldn’t be up and operating!


Voila!  Ready to stitch!


Separating my cutting table from my sewing table has improved my work flow incredibly.


One of the biggest challenges is working towards using the higher speed.  I feel like I’m getting the hang of it on the longer stretches, but I don’t want to sacrifice quality over getting things done faster on the detailed work.

Overall, I’m really thankful and I couldn’t be more amazed at how the Lord slowly paves the way for me to move forward in my work.  Definitely looking forward to what this new phase for my business brings my way!

-The Tailorette



October 2017



Abby Elizabeth’s Wedding Dress

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This post is long overdue, not because I’ve procrastinated, but because I lost the photos in the mix of a busy summer.  Thankfully they popped up out of blue this month and I excitedly started to work towards putting a post together.

Abby is my lovely sister-in-law as of August 5th of this past summer.  After going back and forth about a few dresses, she decided on a particular style that really struck her fancy.  However, the dress and topper from BHLDN was way too large.  So I agreed that if she wanted to come visit me for a couple days I’d be willing to do her dress.  It was an excuse to spend some extra fun time before the wedding came around too!

Looking back, I wish I had taken more photos of the process, but I am thankful I at least have these to share.  The dress needed to be taken in a decent amount at the back zipper as well as hemming and adding spaghetti straps to feel more secure.  

Before the dress was altered


Bodice is taken in but not hemmed yet.


Hemming and spaghetti straps are completed.


The topper before it was taken apart and altered


The Topper with the dress before it was taken in.


Alteration almost finished.


Because the closures it came with didn’t stay in place I had to add a row of buttons down the back….





Photo creditsAllix Ryan Ruby

Photo Credits: Allix Ryan Ruby

Photo Credits:  Allix Ryan Ruby



Photo credits: Allix Ryan Ruby

After working on a few other wedding alterations this one was much more enjoyable.  Knowing what to expect helped me to enjoy every part of the process.  Plus having Abby hang around while I worked just added the cherry on top.  I’m so glad I was able to work on a special project that will be remembered for years to come!


– The Tailorette




May 2017



Biltmore Costume Display

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A few weeks ago we took a trek up to the Asheville to view the grand Biltmore Estate along with the award winning costume display.  Seeing the Biltmore was incredible, however, the costume display was the highlight for me.

The first glance of the Biltmore…

Costumes from “The Golden Bowl”:

“Pride and Prejudice”  Darcy and Lizzy Costumes:

“Sleepy Hollow”:

“Anna Karenina”

“Jane Eyre”

“The House of Mirth”:

“Far From the Madding Crowd”:

“The Portrait of a Lady”:

A few photos of the indoor structure….

After taking a closer look at the display, it gave me a new motivation to aim for a higher standard of quality historical dresses.  There’s so much to earn and explore!

-The Tailorette



January 2017



2016 In Review

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It’s been a full robust year.  Many times I reflect on how fast the year has passed, but somehow 2016 seemed to go by in slow motion.  Maybe it’s because I have learned so many things that my perspective on life is so different from last January.  It almost seems like a different era.  Working on my small business has brought sanctifying lessons, exciting experiences, and a revised vision for the future in many different ways.

After sifting through photos and projects, I am even more motivated to continue to work harder, diligently and manage my time better. 

I did not make these two grey quilt tops below, but I finished them on the longarm quilting machine.

A quilt project for Cotton Berry Quilts.  Longarm Quilted by my Mother, Christa.

Digging into 18th century costumes for the first time.

A custom bridal cape for friend.

A little bit of upholstery.

Little girl’s dress in the process of being made.  This dress will show up in my Etsy shop.

Piecing quilts.

Studio Pictures.

Dresses made for The Tailorette Dress Shop.

A glimps at inventory.

There is one thing that is consistent after every year is learning to walk by faith and trust the Lord every step of the way.  There are ups and downs, but it is the tough times that shape and grow us.  I can say with confidence that I look forward to the hardships as well as the good times in the coming year.

Happy New Year!

The Tailorette




November 2016



1860s Camp Dress

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One of my goals for 2016 is to create several different dresses other than the regency era.  With so much attention going towards restocking my Shop, I am just now getting to the stash of fabric in my closet waiting to be cut up into new ideas.  The year is almost over, but I’m determined to reach the goal.

At the beginning of summer, I stocked up on a few different fabrics to get me started on some new ideas.  This plaid is my favorite from the stash, so I decided to start there.





The bodice ended up being on the baggy side of things, so I set the mannequin to the right size and started working from there.




Pinning where the bodice need to be taken in.


Pressing down the gathers to eliminate the extra puffiness.


Cutting out out the neckline.


Successful fitting!




Below I am measuring the thread so I could hand sew the cartridge pleating for the skirt.


Hand stitching…


After attaching the skirt and adding a few finishing touches, the dress was finished!






Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

– The Tailorette




November 2016



Civil War Remake

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You might recognize this gown from a previous post almost exactly a year ago.  It is, in fact, the same exact design, but not the same dress.  I enjoyed making this pattern so much that I decided I would make a replica, with a few minor changes.  This one is made out of a solid print, not a subtle pin stripe like the other one.  I also used less trim on the sleeves and added an extra tuck at the bottom of the skirt.  This time I modeled the dress, rather than using the mannequin.  There’s just something about having a live model that brings the design to life. 







What I love most about this style is the simplicity.  There’s not too much frilliness, but just enough embellishment to add character and interest.  One thing I have found is how much I enjoy working with solid fabrics.  You can find a basic design and add the extra detail that normally wouldn’t show on a printed dress.  It allows me to exercise more creativity and brainstorming when it comes to constructing the gown.  

I do have many other ideas… hopefully sometime in the near future there will be newer designs coming up in my shop.  You may even see a few more 18th century popping up here and there.

Until next time,

-The Tailorette

Click here to purchase this dress.



June 2016



From Basic To Unique

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When you’re in a pinch, you tend to grab at anything you can think of to solve your problem.  This is a perfect example of one of those “I’m toast” moments.  After cutting out most of the dress, I realized I didn’t have a large enough piece of fabric to cut out the sleeves.  Also, the fabric was a one of a kind discovery, so there was no way to find more of this fabric anywhere.  This in fact, was not a pre-made dress for my shop, but a custom order for a valued customer.  There was no room for chucking the project for later.

Immediately I started brain storming with ideas of how I can pull this off, and then light bulb went on.  I realized I could cut my scraps into strips, gather them and sew them together to make a more intricate sleeve.


Gathering the strips


Sewing the gathered stripes together.


Ready to cut out my sleeve piece!


All cut out and ready to be shaped into a sleeve.




I’m thankful for those moments when things seem to be going wrong, but in the end it was a sharpening tool to get my brain thinking more creatively. 😉

-The Tailorette



February 2016



Studio Update

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It’s been a crazy February… I think I need a bigger studio.  That’s just wishful thinking, but it’s definitely on my mind.


The fabrics just won’t stop coming in!


Delicious scraps!



In the midst of all the sewing and trying to get my Etsy shop filled up, I’ve taken a little time here and there to experiment with photography.  Below is a lighting experiment.  The first photo is without a shoot through umbrella, and the second is with the umbrella filtering the direct sunlight.  It immediately cut out the contrasty lighting in the whole scene of the photo!



Hopefully a little practice here and there will help improve my pictures a bit.

Happy Monday!

– The Tailorette



October 2015



New Regency Collection

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Finally, after all my dresses almost completely sold out in my dress shop, I was able to burry myself in my studio and make more dresses for my Etsy.  One of the best parts of creating these gowns is choosing the fabric, trim and style.  These dresses are a basic design, but learning to cut them out on a Indian saree (without making it look like I threw it together) was a learning curve.










I have a few more that might pop up in my shop pretty soon.  A new shipment of sarees came in last week and I am thrilled with the quality!

‘Til next time,

– The Tailorette



September 2015



God’s Providence

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One year has passed, and I look back and see more of God’s amazing grace in my life.  Trials are difficult, but that is what God uses to shape us to become more like Christ.

 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  – 1 Peter 1:6-7

What amazes me, is the fire we had in our front yard looked dry and unappealing.  As though it must have taken effort to put it out.  But when spring came, the grass was greener than it was before.  So are trials with Christ’s followers.  They are hard, but afterward we draw closer to Christ, and our faith becomes ever so much stronger.  Through them, I have realized more of the sin in my life and I see how much I need Christ’s saving grace.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13


Then God gives us seasons of rest.

(Photo taken in Tennessee)


O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.  – Psalm 30:3

I’m thankful that the Lord chose to save my life.  This earthly body will die, but no human being can kill my soul.

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  – John 10:28

The Lord has blessed me and my family abundantly this year.  I can’t thank Him enough for everything He is doing in our lives!


May the grace of the Lord be with you!

– The Tailorette

“Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.”